This city is a masterpiece in itself (3)
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(cont'd...) You see, Rome by many accounts is equally great or could even surpass other cities in terms of the quantity of ancient attractions. In Rome, I bet I have seen more relics of its history per square area of the city as compare to other European cities. I bet I shed more calories walking around its numerous cobblestone paths than I had with my afternoon jog in a local park; and enjoyed the walk even more so because of the sheer knowledge that we were in the middle of once most politically ambitious and influential city on the face of Earth - whose remnants of its glory are right before our mesmerised eyes.
With all honesty, seeing the colosseum and Saint Peter Square was all I ever wanted to experience primarily in Rome. In fact, both are the only ones I used to epitomize Rome of when I was in grade school. As all other tourists who've been here before me could attest, this is such a remarkable city. From mimes, buskers, to artists; and those magnificent ruins, great architectures; and enthralling fountains, they are truly treasures of history that Italians should be proud of. Relatively speaking - during our city exploration that day, I was practically torn between being hypnotically fixated to a stunning piece of architecture I was seeing and having to reluctantly drag my feet away to see the next one.
Looking from a distance, with the colosseum's view partly covered by well-trimmed humongous Roman pine trees along wide street leading to it - I could almost hear and imagine the clump of tapping sandals by Roman populace rushing into the colosseum getting ready to witness together the Emperor Caligula's once-horrific and -bloody spectacle pastime. But of course, with all high-imagination set aside, it was all these over-eager tourists walking past each other to see the magnificent colosseum close-up and first-hand!
As far as the likes of individual who earn a living strutting their talents off of the streets of Rome, man, they're impressive! I actually had to stop in one of the streets just to see an artist - with a 6'x6' paper laid on a pedestrian lane, sketching in charcoal a scene of gladiator-fighting, and beside him were scattered coins probably thrown in out of appreciation to the man; the enigmatically all-white and fully-shrouded mime who had the most disciplined and robotic movement I've seen, to the point of being nearly freaky; and how can I forget our encounter with the brawny Roman soldier? Who - at mere five Euros, can unbelievably be cooperative at any photo opportunity he can be at.